BH CORRESPONDENT, Kolkata: West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday said her government is mulling resumption of Metro services from July 1 onwards and would ask the railway authorities to spell out the safety protocol thy would be following.
Earlier, on Wednesday, though after all-party meeting, the chief minister had announced that the state government was not in favour of resuming local train and Metro rail in July due to the surge in coronavirus cases in the state.
“We are talking to Metro railway authorities on the matter. W would like to know from them how many passengers per coach they would be carrying and about related precautions,” Mamata said.
On Friday, the chief minister also announced financial help for private bus operators. “From July, the state government will give Rs 15,000 to each private bus for the next three months. Presently, 2,500 private buses and minibuses are plying in Kolkata. I have asked them to run at least 6,000 private buses and minibuses every day for the convenience of the people. We have to bear an additional Rs 27 crore burden for this, the CM said. She also announced that from July 1, another 500 state buses will be run by the state transport department.
The chief minister on Friday has fixed the cost of COVID-19 test at private laboratories and hospitals across the state. Now, private laboratories and hospitals cannot charge more than Rs 2,250 for corona virus test. Private hospitals cannot charge more than Rs 1,000 for PPE and Rs 1,000 for doctor’s consultation fees.